When you get past the first few stages of golf, it is necessary to master the irons. Many golf players find that the irons are the hardest clubs to master but they can really mean the difference between a mediocre player and an excellent one. The problem is that there are so many golf irons available on the market right now that finding the right one for you is anything but easy.
It first of all very important that you recognize properly your level of skill. Some clubs are more forgiving than others and it could be a mistake to jump straight into one of the very hard to use clubs when you need a club which will allow for more mistakes as you are learning the game. Some people claim that if you buy a less forgiving club right at the start then it will teach you to play properly and, while this argument does carry some weight, most players will just be put off the game.
It is not just your overall skill level that you need to consider but also your individual strengths and weaknesses. If you find that you can't get enough lift on your shots then you will want to go for an iron that will help you in this department. Similarly if your swing already has a lot of power but you need more accuracy then this will need to be reflected in your choice of club.
It is next important to consider the brand of the iron. There are a number of irons out there which are quite cheap and made by strange brands. I would not recommend going for these and would suggest that you save up to get one of the very good and respectable brand. I know a number of people who have been enticed by the cheap price only to go on to buy a proper set of clubs six months later and not being able to sell the cheap clubs second hand.
There are two main different types of club, blade irons and cavity-back irons. Blade irons are more precise and accurate but are hard to hit unless you are quite experienced and have an excellent technique. Cavity-back irons are much more forgiving and can offer more power but are generally not as accurate.
Next, you should consider is the shaft type. There are two basic shaft types; Graphite and Steel. Steel shafts are generally cheaper than iron shafts and tend to last longer but they are a little harder to use and can put a strain on your muscles if you don't play regularly. Graphite shafts, on the other hand, work well to help someone who needs a bit more power or lift. If you have any kind of problems with your muscles then it is best to go for the graphite iron as it will not put so much strain on your tendons. There are some combinations of both steel and iron which claim to offer the best of both worlds, too.
In conclusion, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the best golf iron. Take your time and research properly; it will pay off on the course.